Bart Stupak Decides to Retire After Vitriolic Healthcare Debate
April 9, 2010
(ChattahBox)—–Democratic Congressman Bart Stupak, representing Michigan’s first district since 1993, will announce today that he is retiring. Stupak, a devout Catholic opposed to abortion, angered lawmakers on both sides of the aisle when he held up passage of the historic healthcare reform bill to obtain anti-abortion concessions.
Although it’s been rumored this past week that Stupak was considering retirement, he as recently as Thursday, said that he intended to seek another term.
Leading up to the vote in the House on the Senate’s bill, Stupak angered many on the left, when he threatened to kill the bill, unless language was inserted to ensure that no indirect federal subsidies went towards payment for abortions. Ultimately, he agreed to accept an executive order from President Obama reaffirming the current law in the Hyde amendment and he voted yes on the bill.
But his yes vote angered pro-life groups and far right anti-abortion lawmakers. Rep. Randy Neugebauer, a Republican lawmaker from Texas shouted out “Baby killer” when Stupak rose to speak on the House floor.
And the astroturf corporate backed lobbying group, Tea Party Express has been waging rallies in Stupak’s home district to defeat him in the mid-term elections in November. He is also being targeted for defeat by progressives.
Like other members of Congress, Stupak has also received threatening phone calls and email from constituents angered over healthcare reform.
Source: CBS News